Friday, February 27, 2009

Bessemer Venture Partners Expands BVP VII Fund

We just announced the expansion of our fund and I wanted to share with you the good news!

New Capital Earmarked for Global High-Growth Investments

LARCHMONT, N.Y., Feb. 26

Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), the oldest venture capital practice in the United States, today announced the closing of a $350 million supplement to its current fund family, BVP VII, which closed in June 2007. With the additional capital, BVP will target innovative, high-growth companies around the world.
"Great companies have been founded during downturns and Bessemer sees a lot of investment opportunity in the current market environment," said Ed Colloton, Chief Operating Officer of Bessemer Venture Partners. "This supplement to our BVP VII fund will ensure that we can take advantage of future investment opportunities and that the companies within the Bessemer portfolio have continued access to capital."
Throughout its history, BVP has funded some of the world's most talented entrepreneurs, helping them to build their businesses and dominate growing markets. Successful exits over the last several years include the sale of Postini to Google, Gracenote to Sony, Pure Networks to Cisco, PA Semi to Apple, IAG Research to Neilsen, Skype to eBay, Flarion Technologies to Qualcomm, and Celtel to MTC (now Zain), and IPOs of IPC, Bladelogic, Mellanox, Affymax, Motilal Oswal Financial Services, OnMobile, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Shriram EPC, and Blue Nile.
About Bessemer Venture Partners: Bessemer Venture Partners is a global investment group with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York, Mumbai, and Tel Aviv. As the oldest venture capital practice in the United States, Bessemer has partnered as an active, hands-on investor in Ciena, Ingersoll Rand, Parametric, Skype, Staples, VeriSign, and W.R. Grace. Over the last century, Bessemer Venture Partners and its predecessor funds have invested in more than 100 companies that have gone public on exchanges in Canada, India, London, and the United States. To learn more, visit

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